The new President has undoubtedly ruffled some feathers with his new executive order, banning people from certain countries from coming in to the US.
Donald Trump’s new law has suspended entry to America for refugees for 120 days, and barred those fleeing from devastation in Syria indefinitely. Trump’s latest order also stops citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the United States – and people are, understandably, angry.
Protests have taken place across the world against the President, including the Women’s March, which gathered three million people together. Most recently however, protests contesting Trump’s immigration order occurred in cities including London, Washington, Denver and Manchester, with thousands of people in Downing Street alone vying for his state visit to the UK to be cancelled.
And the immigration order has already begun to affect people throughout the world. Many people have been left stranded in airports while waiting to clear through immigration – despite the fact that many of them are citizens of the US.
The rule has had drastic ramifications in the White House too. The Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, spoke out against the ban, advising attorneys not to defend it because she was “not convinced it was lawful.” But, her open defiance of the President’s ruling has, dramatically, cost her her job – she was fired from the office in the early hours of 31st January.
Former president Barack Obama, who earlier this year vowed that he wouldn’t remain quiet if Trump’s presidency caused problems, has also spoken up in support of protestors, and against the ban. Although he didn’t directly mention Trump, he did issue an official statement, which read “President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the world.”
The statement continued to suggest how far Obama disagrees with the order. It read, “the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith.”
Huge companies around the world are also joining in the fight against Trump’s rulings. Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years in the face of the immigration ban, while global internet giant Google have set up a huge £4 million fund to hit back against the President. The generous offering plans to help Google employees and other people affected by the policy, and it’s the biggest amount of money the internet giant has ever offered to a cause.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has also tweeted the firm’s intention to offer free housing to anyone not allowed into the US.
The President has undeniably had a pretty dramatic first few weeks in office. But the drastic policies have lead to an interrogation into the psyche of the President – with psychologists claiming that Trump may well be displaying signs of mental illness…
Perhaps unsurprisingly, narcissism is something mental health professionals seem to note most easily in Trump. Clinical psychologist Dr. Julie Futrell “Narcissism impairs his ability to see reality so you can’t use logic to persuade someone like that.”
Some of the traits listed for people who are narcissistic include being pre-occupied with fantasies, struggling to be empathetic, being arrogant, and have an inflated sense of self-importance. We’ll leave it to you to decide if he fits the bill…
Some people have also begun to question whether or not the President suffers from basophobia, a fear of falling, after a photo emerged of Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May holding hands as they walked down a ramp at the White House during her visit across the pond.
Whilst on her visit, Theresa May extended an invitation to the President to visit Buckingham Palace later this year. But Lord Ricketts, who was a Foreign Office secretary for four years from 2006, has said that the Queen may well not be looking forward to the head of state’s visit. He noted that generally, Presidents wouldn’t be invited to Buckingham Palace in the very first year of their presidency, with the Queen generally preferring to see what sort of President they turn out to be before doing so.
And another Royal has offered his opinion on the goings-on in America at the moment. Prince Charles spoke out at a dinner for the World Jewish Relief charity, stating in his speech the importance of supporting people in their religions, rather than prosecuting them. Charles also offered up a warning to the world in the light of the President’s new policies, saying that harmony between religions is now more important than ever, “particularly, when the horrific lessons of the last war seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten.”